Waste Reduction Initiatives

Reducing household waste can be easy when you think about what you’re buying and where it will go after you are done with it. In 2018, British Columbians disposed of an average of 544 kg of household waste per person, much of which could have been diverted from landfill by recycling or composting. However, the most effective way to reduce waste is to avoid creating it in the first place.

By following the first three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) of the provincial pollution prevention hierarchy, a significant impact can be made. See below for some initiatives undertaken by the City to help reduce waste and for tips on how you can make changes in your everyday life.

Compost Giveaway

A little compost goes a long way! Using compost in your garden completes the circle of sustainability and makes your garden waterwise for summertime growing.   

Fix-It & Swap Events

Fix-It events help people learn repair skills to make their stuff last longer, help people save money by repairing what they have, and help the environment by fixing things instead of throwing them away.

Fix-It Frequently Asked Questions

View some common questions and answers on Fix-It events below.

Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week is a country-wide campaign that encourages Canadians to reduce their ecological footprint through the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

Love Food Hate Waste

Did you know that 63% of food Canadians throw away could, at one point, have been eaten? For the average Canadian household that amounts to 140 kilograms of waste food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year. All types of food are wasted, but in Canada the most commonly wasted foods by weight are vegetables, fruit, leftovers, bread and bakery items, followed by dairy and eggs.

Event Waste Management

Many events are hosted in Abbotsford every year. Community events are an essential component of our City, helping us to be a complete community by driving community spirit and a sense of community identity; as well as fostering a vibrant economy through community involvement and economic benefit. However, events tend to generate large amounts of waste. The good news is there are simple steps event planners can take to reduce waste during the planning, execution, and cleanup of events. For more information on setting up a public event in Abbotsford please visit the City’s Events Webpage or email econdev@abbotsford.ca.

Environmental Education